Cheer mentioned that
But this has been know for years.
yes it has, and it is one of those things mentioned in Fernando's piece:
There are anomalies for all paradigms, Kuhn maintained, that are brushed away as acceptable levels of error, or simply ignored and not dealt with
And even worse than brushing theories aside, is mocking them. In reading up on Rindfleisch I found some snarky comments about Dr. Schelling's work. The volume is called "McAlpine's Multiple Sclerosis" by Alastair Compston and Douglas McAlpine (McAlpine died in 1981, so the new version which disparages the vascular paradigm was written by Alastair Compston.) This book has been the "leading textbook" in understanding MS since the 1950s. Lord, help us.
Discusing the vascular history of MS, and how amusing it is, Compston says:
"It seems that even now this debate has not settled, leaving room for a steady stream of eccentric proposals. An Austrian doctor has made available an electronic version of his critical analysis of contemporary concepts on the aetiology of MS suggesting that the perivenous lesions are caused by a widening of venus formina in the skulls of affected individuals. We find this hypothesis less than compelling and are sparing our readers further details or advertisement of the website."
This sarcastic slight to Dr. Schelling was written in 2003. Hey.... Dr. Compston, yeah, I'm talking to you....ever wonder why Schelling saw a widening in that area upon autopsy??? Maybe because of jugular stenosis and reflux??? Did you ever try to understand his research before you brushed it off in such a cursory manner?
Oh, no??? Why? Could it be because your whole career has been based on immunogenetics? That you are too busy singing the praises of pharma and making $ with all the fabulous clinical trials you head up? Well, guess what? We didn't need you to give us the website to find Dr. Schelling's research, Dr. Compston. We don't need your book, your sarcasm or your lack of intellectual curiosity. We're done with it! And you can stick your Charcot Award where there's no vitamin D!
I'm sorry, but I'm loaded for bear. I had heard that Dr. Schelling was treated badly by neurologists, but seeing it in print really pisses me off. For those MS patients on the site, it's not about upholding your neuro's fabulous career or making them look good by taking their drugs and not progressing..(because if/when you progress, believe me, it's your problem) It's about the TRUTH!
140 years is a long time.
AC (the Angry Cheerleader)
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09
dual stents placed 5/09
CCSVI in MS